A teenager critically injured in a July 1986 highway accident has filed a suit against a Panguitch tavern owner seeking more than $750,000 in damages for allegedly serving alcoholic beverages to the driver.
The suit by Tina Denise Moro, also known as Tina Denise Jefferies, claims she was served drinks in the County Line Saloon two years ago, at the age of 17, and that two young men she was with also were served beer even though they were intoxicated.After leaving the tavern, Moro claims the three drove up Panguitch Canyon where their car rolled over. She alleges the tavern and owner Deral Sawyer are liable for the accident because beer was served to the driver, who was already intoxicated.
Moro also claims, if she had not been served beer, she might have been able to determine the driver could not safely handle his vehicle.
The 6th District lawsuit seeks $500,000 in general damages, $250,000 in punitive damages and $27,311.91 in medical damages for disabling injuries she suffered in the accident.
Sawyer, however, claims his tavern and employees were not negligent, that Moro was not served any alcoholic beverages, that the driver was given only two beers, and that the men were seen drinking from a bottle of whiskey not supplied by the tavern.